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October 30, 2007

Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control To Present Draft Report on Nov. 13

In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources.

After a year of careful and comprehensive study, the group will present its draft report to Library of Congress managers and staff in the Coolidge Auditorium at 1:30 pm EST on Nov. 13. A live webcast will allow librarians around the country to view the presentation, and a comment period on the draft report will open immediately following the presentation and last until Dec. 15, 2007.

During the past 12 months at three regional group meetings in Mountain View, Calif.; Chicago; and Washington, D.C., invited panelists delivered presentations on various aspects of bibliographic control, and audience members responded with both oral and written comments. The Working Group members have collaborated throughout the year to shape the public meetings and to discuss their ultimate recommendations to the Library of Congress.

"I have been very pleased with the progress of the group and the diligence with which they have gone about writing the report," Marcum said. "The three regional meetings gave them much material to consider, and they have already received a number of comments from members of the library community. I thank them all for their dedication, and I eagerly anticipate their findings and recommendations."

Information on the Working Group and its findings is available at www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/. The webcast will be available from that address on November 13.

Members of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, and Organizations Represented

  • Chair: José-Marie Griffiths of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • American Association of Law Libraries: Richard Amelung
  • American Library Association: Janet Swan Hill, Diane Dates Casey, Sally G. Smith
  • Association of Research Libraries: Brian E.C. Schottlaender, Olivia M.A. Madison (Working Group co-chair), Judith Nadler
  • Coalition for Networked Information: Clifford A. Lynch
  • Google: Daniel Clancy
  • Medical Library Association: Diane Boehr
  • Microsoft Corporation: Jay Girotto
  • National Federation of Abstracting & Indexing Services: Christopher Cole
  • OCLC: Lorcan Dempsey
  • Program for Cooperative Cataloging: Robert Wolven
  • Special Libraries Association: John Latham

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PR 07-219
10/30/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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